More members of Pacific Telesis' top management announced on Tuesday their intent to take early retirement, thus following the lead last July of the the holding company's chief executive, Donald E. Guinn, 54, and his counterpart at Pacific Bell, Theodore J. Saenger, 59.
Tuesday's batch include vice president Gerald D. Foster, 57, head of Southern California operations for the San Francisco-based parent firm. Foster said he will retire at the end of the year to devote more time to his walnut and almond ranch in the San Joaquin Valley town of Vernalis, ending a 35-year career with the company and its predivestiture predecessor, Pacific Telephone. Also stepping down at year's end will be John Parkhurst, 59, vice president for governmental relations, also a 35-year veteran.
The latest retirements triggered a number of appointments:
- Foster will be succeeded on Dec. 1 by Trevor Jones, 56, president and chief operating officer of PacTel Cellular, a subsidiary based in Irvine. Jones will be replaced by Jeffrey R. Hultman, Pacific Bell vice president for Northern California operations.
- Parkhurst's successor will be Dick Van Allen, 53, Reno-based president of Nevada Bell, Pacific Telesis' other local phone company.
- Van Allen will be replaced by Dennis R. Mulkey, 47, vice president and chief operating officer of Pacific Bell Directory.